FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2019 MEDIA CONTACTS: Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340 x1029 Chris Wilke, …
Today, a federal judge imposed a tight deadline on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize new anti-pollution water quality rules aimed at protecting public health. The rules, often called fish consumption rules, must ensure that fish caught and eaten from Washington waters are safe for the most vulnerable and exposed populations.
The new water quality standards rule caves to industry pressure, leaving some of the most dangerous chemicals inadequately regulated. It trades prompt action for a continuation of the status quo and a continued threat to the health of Washington communities.
Today, a coalition of clean water advocates and commercial fishing industry groups quickly moved for summary judgment on a suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arguing that the agency has failed yet again to protect public health by neglecting to finalize new anti-pollution rules.
Whether the state or the feds, fish consumption standards must protect all Washington fish eaters from harm
“Protecting people from exposure to toxics in the fish we eat is not negotiable,” said Matt Baca, an attorney at Earthjustice, which represents a coalition of clean water groups across the state.
“Clean water and healthy seafood is the right of all Washingtonians,” said Chris Wilke, Executive Director at Puget Soundkeeper.
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